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31 August 2015 @ 11:16 am
Picoreview: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.  

Picoreview: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Harry Cavill spent a fair bit of the movie wet and dirty. There’s nothing more really needs be said.

Seriously, the whole film could have been unmitigated drek and I may well not have noticed, because Harry Cavill was so incredibly beautiful that I stared at him dumbfounded every moment he was on the screen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie where my jaw just dropped every time somebody came on screen. Usually I get inured to it, y’know, like, “Yes, wow, yessir that is one attractive man, okay, movie now,” but I was staggered every single time Cavill was on screen. And he didn’t even take his clothes off!

Right. Aside from that, it was pleasantly entertaining. Not high art, but a nice romp that they probably could have knocked 10 minutes off without damaging the story, as I thought a few times that it was getting a little long. The costumes were good (Cavill’s suits, dear god. Sharp-dressed man.), and the womens’ hair looked like 1960s hair, not 1960s hair by way of 2015, which pleased me.

I thought Alicia Vikander’s accent was pretty hit and miss, but I liked her as a character and I liked her relationship with Armie Hammer’s rather…sweet, really, giant Russian spy with anger management issues. The script fell down a bit for Hammer, I thought; he got short shrift in comparison to Cavill both in screen time and in general competency, and given that he’s supposed to be the best of the KGB, well. I wanted to see that. He did get more character development than the other two, though, and the musical score for his rage, though, was utterly brilliant.

I would really love to see a second film that played more to his strengths, and to see Vikander as a regular part of the team, but as it turns out the film has been a total and complete flop, which I think is downright tragic. Seriously, everybody should rush out and see it in a desperate attempt to give it legs, because I really did enjoy it thoroughly and I’m sad it hasn’t done well.

And my god, Harry Cavill is beautiful. (“Armie Hammer is good-looking,” my Mom said. “Henry Cavill is *ludicrously* good-looking.” :))

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on August 31st, 2015 11:28 am (UTC)
I want to see it, but it is already down to two late day showings here, not a good sign :-(
Brienzebrienze on August 31st, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
Saw it this weekend. I'm sad it didn't do better, too. Costuming and hair were fantastic, and I thought the plot was classic 60s spy movie. (Also, as a child of the 70s/80s I like any movie that remembers that the Cold War was a real thing that happened).

I have to wonder, though... tall, dark, and handsome ex-thief who's blackmailed into working for the government and wears suits exceedingly well... was Matt Bomer not available?

Who owns the rights? Maybe Netflix would give these three a series. I'd watch it.
A large duckburger_eater on August 31st, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
Cavill is taking a lot of heat for the failure of the movie. It's not fair, but a lot of people seem to think he's the top star and everything falls on him.

Armie Hammer is usually great (he was terrific in his Veronica Mars ep, for example) but almost invisible. Even when he's playing a big vivid role like a Soviet super-agent with rage issues, I've basically forgotten him when the film is done.

But yeah. Personally, I think the actors are being blamed unfairly (as the stars of box office flops always are) for a movie with deep, intractable problems.